Friday Program

3 November, 5pm-10pm

It's time to let your hair down and embrace fun with free activities, entertainment and experiences for all ages to enjoy at the Nepean River.  

Start the night with some delicious food from a huge variety of food trucks, sip on a cocktail from the pop-up bar, then wander through the artisan markets and pick up a gift or buy yourself something unique – you deserve it.

Then it’s time to explore the huge range of engaging art, craft, science and sporting activities on offer – the perfect way to create memories with your kids and learn something new together.

As the stars settle into the night sky, that’s when the Real Festival comes to life with roaming and musical entertainment at every corner and illuminated and interactive artworks bursting with light, colour and movement. Don’t miss the towering kinetic sculpture Nebulous and the Sonic Light Bubble.

Friday’s highlights include the spectacular stage show The Spheres by world-class production company Strange Fruit. This will be their first ever public performance of The Spheres in NSW.  There’s also a Fire-Jet show on the Nepean River to end your night with a bang!

Music Stage

Treat your ears to amazing tunes and the dulcet tones of Australia’s best artists and musicians.

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The Spheres

A spectacular fusion of theatre, dance and circus on giant sway-pole apparatus.

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Unity

The idea of being different, but not separate, is highlighted and celebrated in a larger than life structure.

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Crochet Forest

An intricate crochet installation along the riverbank by local artist Victoria Lees.

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Portal

Portal is a fascinating exploration into communication and imagination by local artist Bronwyn Berman.

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Nebulous

Designed to encourage a moment of reflection and wonder, what will you be thinking as you look at Nebulous?

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Silent Disco

Take to the floor and twirl, jump, jive and bounce along to your very own soundtrack.

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Sonic Light Bubble

A living breathing installation that responds with light and sound when touched.

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UV Face Painting

With free face painting at Real Festival you'll go from drab to fab in a matter of minutes.

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Dog Photobooth

Bring your beloved canine companion to Real Festival for a family portrait.

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Planetarium

Experience the night sky like you've never seen it before and discover how amazing astronomy can be!

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Fire Jets

Spectacular Fire Jets will light up the night sky and the faces of those watching.

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Roving Performers

Graceful, funny and wonderfully entertaining the Roving Performers are a crowd favourite at Real Festival.

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Enviro Photos

Local amateur photographers have captured how water shapes our everyday lives.

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UV Mural Painting

Bring your creativity with you, pick up a paintbrush and you help create the Real Festival story.

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The Circus Playground

If juggling, hula-hoops, walking beams and hand-held stilts are your thing, then head for The Circus Playground.

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Adopt a Pet

If you'd like to offer a cat, dog or another pet a loving home for the rest of its life, consider adopting from the local shelter.

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Alice Terry

Alice Terry's debut single Emotion, released July this year, went to number one on the iTunes blues charts within hours.

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Cold Vulture

Hailing from Sydney, rockers Cold Vulture will be swooping into REAL Festival to bring some fun mischief, energetic vibes and their brand of blues/funk rock.

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Dandelions

Step back in time with this nostalgic installation by local artist Al Phemister.

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Food Trucks

Head to one of the many food trucks at Real Festival for an explosion of flavours that will get your tastebuds tingling.

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Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids

Whatever you do, don’t walk away because you’ll want to hear these guys.

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Jam Session with Junkyard Beats

Can, tins, kitchen utensils, sticks and plastic bags – there’s nothing Junkyard Beats won’t use as musical instruments.

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Junkyard Beats

It's all about reusing and recycling in this fantastically fun musical performance.

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Markets

Stroll around the markets at Real Festival and you’ll be amazed by what you find.

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Matt Boylan-Smith

The Triple J Unearthed singer-songwriter with a huge following.

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Nepean Belle Cruise

Free 20-minute cruises on the Nepean River, both Friday and Saturday.

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On Life Support

This contemplative piece reflects on the fragility of the natural world and the impact of human behaviour on the environment.

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Slimy Gooey Science Fun

Who says science is boring? Science if fun and seriously sticky in this activity.

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Tik Tik Boom

An interactive and engaging experience designed to get little hands dirty and little minds working.

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